Submit Your One-Act Play:  Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Submit your one-act play! The Hoffman Center for the Arts is hosting a new one-act play competition. Submissions are due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging (guidelines below). The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on March 11, 2017.

Anyone interested in participating in the Reader’s Theater contact Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

The judges:

Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D., of Portland, is Professor Emerita, Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec and known as Montreal’s “Acting Guru.” She studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse, and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, both in New York City. Carole has performed in numerous off-Broadway productions, as both an actor and a singer, and in regional theater in the U.S. and Canada.

She has a doctorate from New York University in Cinema Studies, has authored seven books, and has lectured widely on performance in the US, Canada, and Europe, has taught workshops at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and The Off Center for Dramatic Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and The Portland Actors Conservatory and The Portland Playhouse.

 

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

Note: if you’d like a detailed handout on One-Act Play writing please send a request to Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

  1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

  1. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <sjelineo@nehalemtel.net> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.
  2. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.
  3. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on March 11 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready for A Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita

4f7a9b905a1bc2d6c97e5c8f0157ee9d_fullIt’s going to be another dark and stormy weekend in Manzanita, November 18 – 20, a Mystery Weekend which promises even more twists and turns than last year’s inaugural event.
Sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, North Tillamook Library, Riverbend Players, NCRD Center for Performing Arts and CART’M, mystery enthusiasts can partake in a variety of activities over the three-days. According to event coordinator Madeline Olson, there’s something for everyone.
“What started as a mystery book sale at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita two years ago expanded the following year to include more mystery-related events along with additional collaborators interested in establishing a fall shoulder-season event,” Olson explained. “This year promises even more fun with more activities.”

Mystery Weekend II kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 with two evening events. The Riverbend Players present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts in nearby Nehalem. Admission is $15. At 7:30 in Manzanita the Hoffman Center for the Arts is host to a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s A Hell Below” at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 at the door.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, mystery activities include a mystery version of Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

“Taking Your Mystery Recycling” is the theme of an all-day free event at CART’M from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while NCRD, by popular demand, is host to a Live Clue Experience, a family-oriented whodunnit with prizes and snacks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoffman Center events on Saturday include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on the Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her new novel “Yesternight” at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, which will be followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations. Admission is $7 at the door.

Mystery Weekend wraps up on Sunday, the 20th, with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library featuring gently used mystery books with proceeds helping to support library building maintenance. And, if you missed the Riverbend Players presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m.

Cat Winters will read from her new novel ~ Yesternight

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
7:00 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Manzanita, Oregon

Yesternight is Winters’ second adult novel, recently released October 4, 2016. Set in 1925 in the “rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon,” the novel involves reincarnation and madness as well as issues of a professional woman stifled by the conventions of her time.

“Winters follows The Uninvited with another gripping historical novel, this one an exploration of the effects of suppressed trauma and desire. Winters unveils the unspoken complexities of humankind in this well-written tale that is suspenseful in all the right places, and will keep readers guessing at every page.”  — Booklist

“Yesternight is a story that is unassumingly haunting.”  —Kirkus

Cat Winters is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author of YA and adult fiction that blends history with the supernatural. Her adult novels are The Uninvited and Yesternight. Her young adult works include In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep and Thorny Way, and the forthcoming Odd & True. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her books have appeared on numerous state and “best of” lists.

Winters will lead a writing workshop during the day from 1 to 330 pm titled Writing Scary.

 Learn how to make your readers’ hearts race with fear, whether you’re a writer of horror or you simply want to write a chilling scene. Through lectures, group discussions, and a variety of exercises, Winters will share her favorite tools for producing writing that’s evocative and spooky.

Tuition is $30. Register here.

Following Winters’ reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Both events are part of the second annual Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita, in collaboration with the North Tillamook Library.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Writers’ Series Features Liz Prato Reading from Baby’s On Fire CANCELLED

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EVENT AND WORKSHOP CANCELLED DUE TO STORM EXPECTED ON SATURDAY.

Liz Prato will read from her short story collection, Baby’s On Fire, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

“The stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling—not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know. A knockout collection.”

—Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans

“Liz Prato’s characters blaze with humanity, sensuality, and hope. Her writing glitters and her stories push us to the edge: Prato rubs her people together until they spark, in a book that throbs with heart—and grips our own.”—Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal

Liz’s short stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher, and edited the fiction anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River.

Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize, 1st place in the 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest, four Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Scholarship to the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She began teaching at the Attic Institute in in 2008, and has taught creative writing for several literary organizations throughout Oregon.

Prato will lead a writing workshop during the day from 1 to 3 pm:

Writing Outside the Box (Lecture, & Guided Writing)

Let your creativity have free rein and write outside traditional prose structure! All stories and essays are different, so it stands to reason they don’t all require the same structure. In this class, we’ll break out of the standard narrative box and have fun exploring the forms available for telling your best story.

Tuition is $30. Register online here.

Following Prato’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Characters.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

 

One-Act Play Competition and Writing Workshops Set

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WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED; Competition Still Ongoing

Save the Date and Start Writing: One-Act Play Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

 The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a new one-act play competition. Writers will have the opportunity to attend two workshops on play-writing on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Submissions will be due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging. The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on March 11, 2017.  See below for submission guidelines.

The Judges:
Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem. She is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D.(pictured), of Portland, Professor Emerita,Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. See full bio below.

The writing workshops will be held Saturday, November 5 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

From 9:30-10:30 am, a free Introduction to Script-Writing will be presented by Sue Jelineo and Linda Macahon, both Riverbend Players, covering format , character development, plot, dialogue writing and what directors and actors like and dislike about scripts , along with Q&A about the competition. Each participant will leave with an extensive handout.

The class that follows, Script Interpretation and Text Analysis from 11 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break, is presented by Carole Zucker. The class will consider the novella of Postman Always Rings Twice, studying how it was adapted from two different versions of the David Mamet screenplay, considering how the scripts changed during production. Zucker has the group look at acting, writing, directing, to see how it changes from book to screenplay, to consider how this affects the participants own script-writing.  Students will be responsible for reading the James M. Cain novella, The Postman Always Rings Twice, ahead of time.

Fee is $50. Register here for the Zucker workshop.  To register for the free Introduction to Script-writing workshop, please email hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net with’ Script-writing Workshop’ in the subject line.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec is known as Montreal’s “Acting Guru.” She studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse, and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, both in New York City. Carole has performed in numerous off-Broadway productions, as both an actor and a singer, and in regional theater in the U.S. and Canada.

She has a doctorate from New York University in Cinema Studies, and taught Film Studies at The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University Montreal for three decades.

Zucker is author of seven books, and has written essays for many of the major film journals in the US and Canada.

She has lectured widely on performance in the US, Canada, and various locations in Europe, has taught workshops at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and The Off Center for Dramatic Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and has taught at The Portland Actors Conservatory and at The Portland Playhouse.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Sue Jelineo,  sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

2. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <sjelineo@nehalemtel.net> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.

3. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.

4. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on March 11 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Evison will read from his latest novel, This is Your Life Harriet Chance!

Jonathan Evison Reading

johathanJonathan Evison will read from his latest novel, This is Your Life Harriet Chance!, at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

It’s been more than 50 years since “This Is Your Life,” the early reality show after which Jonathan Evison’s new novel is named. The show provides the framework for this book. Evison intersperses current day scenes with ones narrated by an omniscient host addressing Harriet, recounting the days from her birth to her dotage.

“The themes Evison presents — disappointment, delusion, redemption — are universal, and he deals with them beautifully in this wonderful novel.” —The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

“Once again, Jonathan Evison dazzles . . . This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is as sweet as it is inventive, profound as it is hilarious, unflinching as it is bighearted.” – Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

 

It might seem odd for a writer in his 40’s to create a main character who is a 78-year-old widow.

“When I was 17 years old, I lived with my agoraphobic grandmother in a senior citizen trailer park,” Evison recalls in an LA Times interview. ” I was the only person under 65 in this whole community.” The large mobile-home park was home to a couple of hundred seniors, mostly elderly widows.

Evison’s debut novel, All About Lulu, won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award, and landed on many year-end “Best of” lists, including Hudson Booksellers, where it enjoyed the added distinction of being the only independent title selected in 2008. The L Magazine included All About Lulu in its Best Books of the Decade. His next novel West of Here also won awards.

His third novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving was made into a movie with Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, released in 2015.

Evison is renowned for his extensive and colorful book touring. In 2009 and 2011 he was nominated by the American Book Association as Most Engaging Author.

Evison formerly worked as a laborer, a caregiver, a bartender, a telemarketer, a car salesman and a syndicated radio host. In this latter incarnation, he was the writer, producer, and host of the award winning comedy show, Shaken, Not Stirred. In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Following Evison’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Life’s Surprises.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information  contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Writers’ Series Presents Special Event: Author Megan Kruse and Hawthorne Books Publisher Rhonda Hughes

Megan Kruse (left) and Rhonda Hughes celebrate publication of Call Me Home

Megan Kruse (left) and Rhonda Hughes celebrate publication of Call Me Home

The Manzanita Writers’ Series sponsors a special event : “Inside the Publisher/Author Relationship,” with an author reading and conversation between  Megan Kruse and Hawthorne Books publisher Rhonda Hughes , at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Kruse will also conduct a writing workshop during the day.

Call Me Home is Kruse’s debut novel, released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book won the 2015 Rainbow Award for Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Kruse will read from her novel. Then she and Hughes will talk about how to get published and the editing process that follows, an inside view into the publisher/author relationship.

Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.

Rhonda Hughes is the publisher at Hawthorne Books in Portland, Oregon. Now in its 14th year, Hawthorne has published literary fiction and nonfiction to consistent critical acclaim and numerous awards. Film options and publishing rights to Hawthorne’s works have been sold worldwide. “If we specialize in anything, it’s in finding superb writing which might be overlooked by larger houses, and giving it the attention it deserves.” The Manzanita Writers’ Series has hosted other Hawthorne authors including Lidia Yuknavitch, Ariel Gore and Karen Karbo.

Prior to founding Hawthorne, Ms. Hughes had an extensive career in book production and printing. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and completed the Yale Publishing Course.

There will be no Open Mic session for this special event.

Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Kruse will present a writing workshop during the day on “Crafting Emotion.”

Learn how to use object potential and transcendent details to create work that resonates deeply with the reader. Megan Kruse will help students understand the craft tools that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic. Useful to all genres.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3:30 pm on July 16. The fee is $30; register here.

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series Features Nicole Hardy on May 21st

nicole hardyNicole Hardy will read from her memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, May 21, 2016, with a writing workshop during the day.

“Her struggle between trying to be the woman her community expects her to become and her growing conviction that she must be herself, is one I won’t soon forget.” –Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch.

Hardy’s memoir was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s “Best American Essays.”

Hardy earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and serves on the Board of Directors at Mineral School Artist Residency.

During the day Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., she will lead a workshop: Writing Our Personal Stories.  Students will divide their time among lecture, discussion, and writing exercises to delve into the art of creating memoir from memory. Nicole will pass on lessons learned the hard way, show samples from other authors, and explain how novelists’ techniques can be useful in writing memoir.

Registration fee for the workshop is $30. THE WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Following Hardy’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Confessions.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Thor Hanson will read from his latest book The Triumph of Seeds March 19

thor hansonThor Hanson will read from his latest book The Triumph of Seeds, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, March 19, 2016, with a writing workshop during the day.

The subtitle of the book is How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shape Human History. “Essential reading for anyone who loves plants, or who may have wondered how the chili got its spice, what puts the buzz in coffee, or how seeds have influenced everything from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Industrial Revolution to the shape of the human face.”

“Thor has done it again. In a page-turner, he tells the stories of seeds, their ecology, evolution and histories and why each of us every day depends on, relies on, delights in or suffers from seeds. This book will change the way you think about your coffee, your chocolate or even just the weed growing stubbornly (from a seed) out of the crack in the sidewalk. Because seeds are everywhere, a reality that you will never forget again after reading this book.”—Rob Dunn, author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies 

Seeds won the Pacific Northwest Book Award 2016, and was selected as a Seattle Times Best Book 2015.

Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. Hanson is currently pursuing projects on Tufted Puffins, native bees, and rare butterflies, and is involved in an international effort to assess the ecological impacts of warfare.  His books include The Impenetrable Forest and Feathers, as well as an illustrated children’s book and his work has been covered by news outlets around the world, including NPR, Reuters,Scientific American, The New York Times, and The Times of India. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

During the day Saturday, from 1 to 3:30pm, Hanson will teach a writing workshop titled Seeing Things – The Journey from Vision to Words to help writers hone their observation skills to add detail to their writing.

Hanson will share an exploration of the art and craft of truly seeing things:  why it is essential to writing, why we are born to do it, and why a frog doesn’t need a brain to catch a fly. Tuition for the workshop is  $30. Register here.

Following Hanson’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “planting seeds.”Admission for the evening reading is $7.